Ohmyheart, Pub Day! #kindnesswins

Fat shamed blogger lands book deal for a book about teaching online kindness. Instead of stop cyberbullying, we need to focus on how to teach kindness.

286 days ago, I published 12 Secrets Happily Married Women Know on The Huffington Post.


280 days ago, I looked at the comments. Some of them had nothing to do with my article or marriage and everything to do with my weight and how I had looked in my wedding dress.


209 days ago, I pulled myself away from being sad and embarrassed and ashamed because of these comments and I wrote a second article, I Wrote An Article About Marriage And All Anyone Noticed Is That I’m Fat on xoJane, calling out my cyberbullies and saying that we can do better than talking about each other’s bodies at first contact and that we should be kinder to each other online. That article went viral, which I think says a lot about the world we live in.


207 days ago my story was featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition.


My family watching The Today Show segment

199 days ago my tweens asked if they could be online. And as I considered sending them into the same space where I was shamed and saddened and embarrassed, I realized I had a golden chance to take lemons–being called fat online–and make lemonade–write a guide for teaching our kids how to be kind online.


And that’s exactly what I did. My lemonade is called Kindness Wins. I pitched it to a small publisher, Booktrope Publishing, who agreed to take it and me on saying that they believe that kindness wins, too.


And today, Kindness Wins is officially released and launched and here!


When my boxes of books arrived yesterday, I didn’t realize how emotional I would feel. Parker barked relentlessly at the lady who was delivering the books and I tried to explain to her what they were and why I was teary but I had a hard time getting my words together. We were pretty much a hot mess and more than likely not the highlight of the nice delivery lady’s day. But, my goodness, was she ever mine.


Thank you for helping celebrate my launch day and thank you for being the kind of people who ensure that kindness will, indeed, always win.

Kindness Wins is officially available everywhere that books are sold! Start here. #kindnesswins

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  1. Congratulations, dear friend! So excited for you!

  2. Oh! How exciting!! How very emotional it all must be. This is your baby. No matter how much people might have you think or feel otherwise, this is a part of YOU. Congrats!!!

  3. Congratulations!!!

  4. Congratulations! So happy for you!

  5. Congratulations! I am so excited for you and for this book. Enjoy all the goodness coming your way today.

  6. Alethea says:

    You are such an inspiration! I just love this, it brings tears to my eyes. Keep shining your beautiful light and it will keep spreading. :-)

  7. Go you!!! Xo

  8. Bravo! You go girl! Nothing is going to stop you! xoxo

  9. Just purchased it for my KIndle. I can not wait to read this and shout about it form every rooftop. No one is more deserving of this day than you. xo

  10. So so SOOOOOO excited for you today!


  12. You are one of the kindest souls I know and you deserve this! Happy pub day and I hope this helps your message reach far and wide! xo

  13. Congrats, Galit! Can’t wait to share your story and your advice with everyone!

  14. So proud of you!

  15. Not so little waves ????


  16. Congratulations! I cannot imagine the feeling of opening up that amazing box of books all with your name on the covers! My heart is smiling for you today :)

  17. YOU are amazing. A superstar in your own right… you always have been. I celebrate your HEART and your GIFT with you, my friend!!! May the world receive both with open arms, and be better for it.

  18. I can’t imagine anyone else writing this book. You bring out the KIND in all of us. Congratulations.

  19. Galit,

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read the book. Yes – to kindness winning all the time. xo

  20. So very happy for you, Galit. Kindness definitely won in this case. Xo.

  21. So so so PROUD! Go girl. Shine on!

  22. Galit, You did it! So happy to support you, your wonderful book, and your urgently needed message. Good going!

  23. I’m so happy for you!! So deserving!!

  24. Congratulations! Look forward to reading this! :-)

  25. Oh SO MANY Congratulations, my friend! This will be a wonderful book for SO MANY! I cannot stop saying “SO MANY!”

    Also, just as a side note, I’m finding out with my own HuffPo thing how the people over there can be. WOW.


  26. So thrilled for you, Galit. Can’t wait to read it.

    With blessings,

  27. Hooray! I can’t wait to read it. I’m sure these are messages I will NEED to pass on to my son someday.

  28. So thrilled for you and your lemonade!! Let the pitcher pour and pour and pour!!!

  29. So thrilled for you!

  30. So thrilled for you!!! xoxo

  31. Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.

  32. Congratulations to you, congratulations to you! Of course, I wish the route that had brought you to this point had been different, but you have made MORE than lemonade from it, waaaaaay more. I’m feeling really inspired by you, Galit, and I bet your family is over the moon at how awesome their mama is. May this book be a smashing success.

  33. Congratulations!! It’s a wise book.

  34. found out about ur book and story through an on-line FRIEND, the Bible Belt Balabusta…. Mazel Tov!! A book is quite an achievement –and this looks like one I’ll be recommending and passing on to all my younger-mom friends.
    Good luck!

  35. Congrats! What a wonderful end result to the unkindness you experienced.

  36. Kristin Gillespie says:

    Dear Galit,
    Well done for finding the courage amidst the pain and speaking out! Thanks so much for your blogs and the book. I hope I win one because I can’t afford to buy it ATM and I’d love a copy.

    You are so right! Just because other people are horrible to us – on line or on the street – doesn’t mean we have to be that in return. If we do we are just adding to the ugliness, and what goes around keeps coming around.

    Have you heard of the Ripple Kindness Project? http://ripplekindness.org/ I think it will resonate with you. I am lucky enough to be on a council Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group with the lovely lady who started it.

    Kindest regards,

  37. Joan Callaway says:

    Like my grandmother used to tell me, ‘It’s an ill wind, indeed, that blows no good.” Who knows how many young people will profit from your response to those thoughtless comments having come your way. We have no choice in what gets thrown our way, but we do have a choice in how we respond.

    You’re the big winner! Congratulations on making the perfect choice. Kindness wins…every time.


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